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In Memoriam: William S. White

One of the longest-serving leaders of major philanthropy in the U.S., William S. White passed away peacefully on October 9 at age 82. We are grateful to Mr. White, whose contributions through the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, helped expand the College of Human Medicine and locate its public health program in Flint.

In 2011, the C.S. Mott Foundation supported MSU’s research and feasibility studies with a $2.81M planning grant, and in 2011, announced an additional gift of $9M. With that support, MSU College of Human Medicine created an endowment to be used, in part, to expand the number of medical students trained in Flint, recruit nationally-funded public health researchers focused on solving community health issues identified by the Flint community, and locate MSU’s Public Health Division in downtown Flint.

The expanded program is home to public health researchers, educators, and students, each working to help identify and address public health concerns in the Flint community – a cause that Bill White was always passionate about.

We thank Bill White and the Mott Foundation for making possible this public health research that is focused on improving lives and making Flint a healthier community.

Read more about Mr. White's countless achievements.